Village Writers' Club

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Mark Your Calendar for September 25

After a summer hiatus, we'll be back with our first Village Writers' Club meeting of the new Club Year. Make your plans to join us from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at Coronado Community Center, 150 Ponderosa Way, Hot Springs Village, AR  as we kick off the new year with some very exciting developments!

Southern Story Award contest Sponsored by Madelyn Young

The 2017 WCCW Conference in Searcy, Arkansas will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, and this is the first time that VWC member Madelyn Young will sponsor a contest of her own, the Southern Story Award. To support and encourage Arkansas writers, she will be offering a full critique to anyone who submits an entry to her contest and contacts her by email following the conference.

However, Madelyn requests that VWC members NOT enter her contest. Although an author's name cannot appear anywhere on his story, Madelyn might be familiar with a club member's style of writing, and she wants to judge all her entries fairly, without bias.

Madelyn will be happy to give her fellow club members feedback on their potential entries to other contests, though. You may contact her at [email protected]

To learn more about the conference and other contests available, please visit the WCCW website

For Questions or more Information contact Madelyn Young at [email protected]

Triple Scoop Fiction and Poetry Contest

Del Garrett with Raven's Inn Press is sponsoring fiction / poetry writing contest.  There are three chances to win in each category.  Prizes are 1st Place, $50;  2nd Place, $35; and 3rd Place, $15.

Contest Rules: You may enter up to three submissions in each separate contest. Each submission will be considered for all prizes. Entry fees are $5 for the first entry, $3 for each additional entry. 

Arkansas Writers' Conference 2017 Winners

Mary Lou Moran and Janis Kearney. 

Mary Lou took first place in the WOW! Press Award contest at the Arkansas Writers’ Conference on June 3, 2017 for her entry titled The Transformation. Janis was chair of the contest. The subject was Life Changes, a Personal Reflection – My How Things Have Changed.

John Swinburn won 3rd place in the WOW! Press Award contest for Love Without Words and 1st Honorable Mention in the Moral Dilemma Award contest for his entry titled Bogata.

Madelyn Young won 3rd Honorable Mention in the Erdel Family Memorial Award contest for her entry titled A Sad and Crazy Place. She also 3rd Honorable Mention in the Moral Dilemma contest for her entry titled Heroes.

Mary Lou Moran won 1st place in the Carl J. Iannacone Memorial Award contest for her entry titled Family DNA. She won 1st place in the WOW! Press Award contest for her entry titled The Transformation and 2nd place in the Del Garrett’s Gimme the Creeps contest for her entry titled Highway to Nowhere. She also won a 1st honorable mention in the Lucille Longstreth Memorial Award contest for her entry titled The Eternal Mystery.

Village Writers’ Club of Hot Springs Village Award-Winners

Article by Madelyn Young

The Village Writers’ Club sponsored a contest at Arkansas Writers’ Conference, and it’s always fun to see who our winners are.  We judge “blind” entries without the authors’ names attached, so we only learn their names when their awards are announced at the conference.  This year our contest called for a short story, fiction, A Holiday Story, 1500 words max.  We had eleven entries, and a group of our club members met to select our winners.  Here are the winners’ names and the titles of their stories:


1st place, $50, to Carol Hodges from Little Rock, AR:  Keep Your Stinkin’ Reindeer Games

2nd place, $30, to Anne  Winchester from St. Francis, AR:  Do You Believe?

3rd place, $20, to Sandra Boutwell-Falcone from Austin, AR: The Christmas Tree Mystery

1st HM, to Syble Dycus Ussery from Sherwood, AR: The Year Santa Claus Fell Down the Chimney

2nd HM, to Tom Howard from Little Rock, AR: Happy First Day

Tom Howard and Sandra Boutwell-Falcone two winning writers of the VWC writing contest.

We were sorry that none of our other winners attended the conference.

  Newly Published Works by VWC Members
Make for Great Summer Reading

Suzanne Bratcher's mystery novel The Copper Box

The mystery novel The Copper Box by VWC's Suzanne Bratcher will be released June 6, 

Book and eBook Kindle edition will be available at

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Cy Holliday's book George Bailey's Got Nothing on Me -- A Narrative History of the Holliday Family Published

Paperback and Kindle eBook editions available at Contact Cy for an autographed edition.

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Elmer Beard's documentary The Challengers: Untold Stories of African Americans Who Changed the System in One Small Southern Municipality

Available at

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Webmaster's Note: The "One Small Southern Municipality" that Mr. Beard's title refers to is Hot Springs, Arkansas!

Barrie Gauthier's light-hearted The Black Cat Guide to Grammar Through Light Verse

Available in hardbound or paperback at

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  Chap Harper's latest action novel Under Cuba

Available at Barnes & Nobel and

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Check out these new releases as well as those of other VWC members on OUR PUBLISHED WORK page

VWC Members at Arkansas Writers Conference

John Swinburn and Marlene Kloack

Linda Black and Carole Ohlsen

    Jerry Davis and Mary Lou Moran

Chap Harper & Sara Gipson

   Myra Rustin & Madelyn Young

 Millie Lancaster, Carole Ohlsen, & Shanita     

    Mary Lou Moran & Dick Cecil 

Whether you are a beginning or seasoned writer, your work will move faster

with questions answered, experienced editing, and marketing advice for the final product.